Newport Festival Gala 2020 featuring Wynton Marsalis

George Wein, the 94 year old creator and founder of Newport Jazz Festival – one of the oldest and longest running music festivals in the world has announced a full slate of programming for what would have been 2020’s Newport Jazz Festival weekend.

“I’d hoped to meet my many friends and fans at the Fort on August 6, 7th and 8th,” said Wein. ‘but since we can’t be together, Newport Jazz is bringing the music to you with a number of ways to join.”

To tee things up, Jazz Night In America will kick off a three part series on the festival, culminating on August 7th, and 8th and featuring show host and festival artistic director Christian McBride. All weekend long, Newport Jazz Revival Radio will be broadcasting from 65 years of archived sets via WBGO. A very special virtual gala event will take place on Saturday, August 8th at 7PM ET with festival founder George Wein, McBride, Wynton Marsalis, and Diana Krall. (more info about Gala)

Closing out the weekend will be a short film celebrating the festival and the foundation’s work – Jazz Together will debut at 7PM on August 9th via Facebook live and YouTube. Schedules and more details are below Find additional information visit

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